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Zoot Suit (1981)

aka Zoot Suit

"An american original."

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Written By: 
Details: 103 mins · English, Español · R (USA)


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No_movie_poster Henry Reyna
Small El Pachuco
No_movie_poster George Shearer
Small Alice Bloomfield
No_movie_poster Judge F.W. Charles
No_movie_poster Enrique
No_movie_poster Joey / Jose Torres
No_movie_poster Lupe (as Alma Rosa Martínez)
Small Dolores
Small Lieutenant Edwards
No_movie_poster District Attorney
Small Rudy
No_movie_poster Della
No_movie_poster Smiley / Ismael Torres
Small Sergeant Smith
Small Lowrider


No_movie_poster David Myers Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Anita Dann Casting
No_movie_poster Jacqueline Cambas Editor
No_movie_poster Luis Valdez Director
No_movie_poster Gordon Davidson Producer
No_movie_poster Phil Esparza Producer
No_movie_poster Yvonne Wood Costume Design
No_movie_poster Daniel Valdez Music
No_movie_poster Peter Burrell Producer
No_movie_poster William P. Wingate Producer
No_movie_poster Frank Bayer Casting
No_movie_poster Eugene Blythe Casting
No_movie_poster Tom H. John Production Design
No_movie_poster Fred S. Winston Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Luis Valdez Writer


"An american original."


In Zoot Suit, Luis Valdez weaves a story involving the real-life events of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial — when a group of young Mexican-Americans were wrongfully charged with murder — and the Zoot Suit Riots. In the play, Henry Reyna (inspired by real-life defendant Hank Leyvas) is a pachuco gangster and his gang, who were unfairly prosecuted, are thrown in jail for a murder they did not commit. The play is set in the barrios of Los Angeles in the early 1940s against the backdrop of the Zoot Suit Riots and World War II. As in the play, Edward James Olmos portrays El Pachuco, an idealized Zoot Suiter, who functions as narrator throughout the story and serves as Henry's conscience.